US stocks got a boost last week from the latest minutes from the Federal Reserve’s November meeting, where the central bank is looking to hand out smaller rate hikes in the coming months. While economic data out of the US showed the US economy responding to the Fed’s four straight 75 basis point interest rate hikes, is it too early for markets to be optimistic?
Similarly, Fundstrat’s Tom Lee predicted that the S&P 500 could rise another 14 per cent through the end of the year as inflation comes down, setting the stage for a big December rally. But how likely is this?
Back in Asia, Warren Buffet has picked up a US$5 billion stake in semiconductor manufacturer TSMC. But what do market watchers see of his recent buy, and what are the opportunities in the Greater China region?
On Market View, Prime Time's finance presenter Chua Tian Tian posed these questions to Ken Shih, Head of Wealth Management, Greater China at Saxo Markets.
Market View: Fed Chair Jerome Powell raises rates by 25bps; Contradicting messages by Powell and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; UBS to shrink Credit Suisse’s US$10b shipping portfolio; Singapore’s headline inflation at 6.3%; Sembcorp Industries reportedly considering sale of its waste management unit; Boustead Projects to restore free float or be directed to delist